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NFL Players By College – What College Has The Most NFL Players?

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We gathered data on every player to ever appear on an active NFL roster and determined the most NFL players by college.

Did you know that 25,000+ players have played in an NFL game?

Here are the 2023 NFL players by college as of NFL Week One 53-man rosters. For the seventh season in a row, the University of Alabama has the most players in the league.

NFL Players By College – 2023

SCHOOL PLAYERS
Alabama 57
Ohio State 47
Georgia 46
LSU 43
Michigan 38
Notre Dame 39
Clemson 37
Florida 34
Penn State 33
Oklahoma 32
Texas 30
Iowa 29
Auburn 28
USC 26
Oregon 25
Stanford 25
Washington 25
Mississippi 24
Texas A&M 23
Wisconsin 23
Miami The U 22
UCLA 22
Tennessee 21
TCU 21

(Related: List of All NFL Teams | NBA Players By College)

NFL Players By College – 2022 (As of NFL Week 1)

For the sixth consecutive season, Alabama had the most or tied for the most players (58) on active NFL Kickoff Weekend roster. The Crimson Tide also placed the most active NFL players on season-opening rosters in 2018 (44), 2019 (56), 2020 (53) and 2021 (54), and shared the league lead in 2017 (39).

 SCHOOL PLAYERS
Alabama 58
LSU 52
Ohio State 52
Georgia 44
Notre Dame 37
Penn State 35
Florida 33
Michigan 33
Oklahoma 32
Iowa 31
Clemson 29
Texas 26
Washington 26
Wisconsin 26
Auburn 24
Miami The U 24
UCLA 24
South Carolina 23
Stanford 23
Tennessee 23
Texas A&M 23
   
   
   

NFL Players By College – 2021

FBS SCHOOL PLAYERS
Alabama 53
Ohio State 47
LSU 43
Georgia 35
Notre Dame 34
Clemson 33
Iowa 33
Florida 32
Michigan 32
Oklahoma 31
Penn State 31
Texas 26
Miami (Fla.) 25
UCLA 24
Washington 24
Florida State 23
Texas A&M 23
USC 23
Stanford 22
South Carolina 21
Wisconsin 21
Auburn 20
Mississippi State 19
Oregon 19
NC State 18
Temple 18
Utah 18
Missouri 17
Nebraska 17
Tennessee 17
Pittsburgh 16
Virginia Tech 16
Arkansas 15
Boston College 15
Oklahoma State 15
Kentucky 14
TCU 14
Baylor 13
North Carolina 13
Ole Miss 12
Rutgers 12
Texas Tech 12
California 11
Colorado 11
Duke 11
Houston 11
Illinois 11
Maryland 11
Memphis 11
Oregon State 11
Purdue 11
Vanderbilt 11
West Virginia 11
Boise State 10
Louisville 10
Michigan State 10
Minnesota 10
UCF 10
Virginia 10
Kansas State 9
SMU 9
Western Michigan 9
Arizona State 8
BYU 8
Cincinnati 8
Indiana 8
Northwestern 8
Utah State 8
Arizona 7
Central Michigan 7
Florida Atlantic 7
Fresno State 7
Louisiana Tech 7
Syracuse 7
Toledo 7
Wyoming 7
Appalachian State 6
Colorado State 6
Georgia Southern 6
Georgia Tech 6
Old Dominion 6
San Jose State 6
Tulane 6
Connecticut 5
Marshall 5
San Diego State 5
South Florida 5
Southern Mississippi 5
Wake Forest 5
Washington State 5
Western Kentucky 5
Buffalo 4
Kansas 4
Northern Illinois 4
Rice 4
East Carolina 3
Eastern Michigan 3
Iowa State 3
Massachusetts 3
Miami (Ohio) 3
Middle Tennessee State 3
Nevada 3
North Texas 3
UTEP 3
Arkansas State 2
Army 2
Ball State 2
Florida International 2
Georgia State 2
Louisiana 2
Ohio 2
Troy 2
Tulsa 2
UAB 2
Akron 1
Bowling Green 1
Coastal Carolina 1
Hawaii 1
Kent State 1
Navy 1
New Mexico 1
South Alabama 1
Texas State 1
UNLV 1
UTSA 1

For 2020 updated as of Week One and based on the 53-man roster, here are the top 10 colleges that have produced the most NFL players:

Alabama 56
Ohio State 50
LSU 41
Florida 39
Georgia 32
Penn State 32
Oklahoma 29
Clemson 29
Notre Dame 29
Iowa, Florida State, Washington 28
Stanford, Texas A&M 27

This study includes data points and insights for every franchise, as well as the league as a whole. Here are some takeaways:

– Notre Dame has produced more NFL players than any other college, with 520 athletes going on to play in the NFL.

– Notre Dame, USC, Ohio State, and Oklahoma are the schools with the most NFL players in history and the only colleges who have produced 400+ NFL players.

– Alabama lead 2019 rosters with 56 players. As for end of season 2018 rosters, Alabama also led the way with 53 players making it to the NFL.

– In terms of players by decade, the NFL relied heavily on schools from the Midwest such as Notre Dame and Minnesota in the 50s and 60s. The focus shifted west to USC in the 70s and 80s before settling into a varied approach that has seen schools from the Midwest, California, and the Southeast regularly headlining NFL rosters over the last 30 years.

NFL Players By College – Overall Top 10 All-Time

(As of 8/22/23)
1. Notre Dame – 520
2. USC – 516
3. Ohio State – 473
4. Oklahoma – 402
5. Michigan – 387
6. Alabama – 384
7. Penn State – 367
8. Florida – 364
9. Nebraska – 363
10. LSU – 359

What College Has The Most NFL Players – 2019

  1. Alabama – 53
  2. LSU – 51
  3. Ohio State – 46
  4. USC – 44
  5. Miami – 43
  6. Florida – 43
  7. Florida State – 42
  8. Clemson – 37
  9. Tied – Penn State, Oklahoma, Auburn – 33

Finally, GCU broke out every player by position and school to find which schools have produced the most players at specific positions for every NFL team.

Using traditional offensive and defensive formations as the guide, they were able to create a unique starting lineup of college football teams, using their logos as stand-ins.

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Here is another area where Notre Dame’s influence is readily apparent, as they are the top school at seven of the 24 positions evaluated, including key positions such as quarterback and running back.

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